Gerald Alston

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Gerald Alston
Born (1951-11-08) November 8, 1951 (age 62)
Origin Henderson, North Carolina
Genres Male vocalists
Labels Motown Records, RCA
Associated acts The Manhattans
Website http://www.gerald-alston.com/
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Gerald Alston (born 8 November 1951) is an American R&B singer, and the lead singer with The Manhattans. Between 1988 and 1995, he left the group to record five albums (later recording his tribute to Sam Cooke in 2008) and ten solo singles, including "Take Me Where You Want To," "Slow Motion," a remake of Atlantic Starr's "Send For Me," and "Activated," most of which was for Motown Records. He joined the Manhattans in 1970, shortly after the death of their former lead singer George Smith and helped the group remain a fixture on the R&B top ten as lead on songs like "Kiss And Say Goodbye," "There's No Me Without You", and "Shining Star". He is the nephew of Shirley Alston Reeves, former lead singer of The Shirelles and rejoined the group in 1995 after finding that "his solo career wasn't what he thought it would have been." (quote from A Touch Of Classic Soul of the Early 1980s - Marc Taylor, pg. 170.)

Discography[edit]

  • "Take Me Where You Want To" (1988)
  • "You Laid Your Eyes On Me" (1989)
  • "Activated"
  • "Stay A Little While"
  • "Slow Motion" (1990)
  • "Nothing Can Change"
  • "Getting Back Into Love"
  • "Hell Of A Situation (1991)
  • "Tell Me This Night Won't End" (Motown)
  • "Stay The Night" (Street Life)(1994)

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
US US
R&B
1988 Gerald Alston 18
1990 Open Invitation 14
1992 Always In The Mood 62
1994 First Class Only 93
2008 Gerald Alston Sings Sam Cooke
"—" denotes the album failed to chart

Singles[edit]

Year Song title Peak chart positions
U.S. R&B Singles
1988 "Take Me Where You Want To" 3
1989 "I Can't Tell You Why" 52
"You Laid Your Love On Me" 41
1990 "Slow Motion" 3
1991 "Getting Back Into Love" 6
"Tell Me This Night Won't End" 69
1992 "Hell Of A Situation (Backroom Conversation)" 40
1993 "Send For Me" 40
1994 "Stay The Night" 69
1995 "Devote All The Time" 81

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